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Broadband Initiative

Broadband Initiative

Improved broadband coverage is required to diversify Vilas County’s economy and attract entrepreneurs, remote workers, and expanding businesses to secure its future.

This spring, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) initiated a research study to interview the Vilas County town chairmen and their subject matter experts, as well as the county internet service providers (ISPs) to better understand the scope of broadband in our county. 

Our objective: to ensure Vilas County has sufficient broadband to sustain and grow its economy and culture for future generations. We are in the process of sharing the results of our research and strategy moving forward. 

We are inspired by the tremendous engagement that we have received from the town and ISP leadership on our research study, and look forward to continuing this important discussion.  Once our research is shared with the members of our team, towns and county we will post it on this page. 

We hope this resource page is helpful, and as always, should you have any questions or if we can be of any service please contact Kathy Schmitz, VCEDC Executive Director, at [email protected] Thank you.


Vilas County Economic Development Broadband Leadership

Jim Tuckwell, Board Chairman

Bill Niemuth, Board Member/Broadband Lead

Kathy Schmitz, Executive Director

September 21, 2020

The VCEDC is sharing this information on behalf of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC)
Office of Rural Prosperity:

WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity is pleased to partner with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to announce a new Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative.

Through this pilot, WEDC will work with six communities during fall 2020 to foster a better understanding of the type(s) of technical assistance they need most to apply for state, federal or private broadband programs. The lessons learned from this initiative will be shared with communities throughout the state through incorporation in Wisconsin’s Playbook for Broadband Progress.  

To be eligible to participate in WEDC’s Broadband Connectors Pilot initiative, applicants must be one of the following: local government (city, village, town or county), tribal government, or school district. 

The application period will be September 21-30, 2020. The application form will be available online starting on Monday, September 21. Click here for more information and the application:

September 1, 2020

The Lakeland Times




Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Broadband Expansion Grants and Resources -

Broadband Now – Great resource for all things Broadband -

Federal Communications Commission – Connect America Fund (CAF) -

Remoters.Net – Information for Remote Working Professionals -

USDA Reconnect Pilot Program – “CAF III) -

Broadband USA Funding Opportunities – A database of Available Funds -


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Astrea Connect -

AT&T -

CenturyLink -

Charter/Spectrum -

ChoiceTel -

Frontier Communications -

Gogebic Range -

HughNet -

Karban Cable -

SonicNet –

Starlink -

T-Mobile -  

Verizon -

ViaSat -

Want to learn why Vilas County is one of the best places to live, work, and play?

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